Russian Beard Tax Token Pendant in Sterling Silver and Brass

Russian Beard Tax Token Pendant in Sterling Silver and Brass

Regular price$780.00 USD


This pendant is a replica of a 1705 Russian “Beard Token” in handcrafted sterling silver setting.


  • Sterling silver
  • Brass coin replica
  • Waxed cotton cord
  • Dimensions: 32 x 32 mm (1.25" x 1.25")
  • Handcrafted in the USA
  • Free worldwide shipping in 3 - 10 days

    A little bit of history...

    In 1705, Emperor Peter I of Russia, in an effort to modernize Russian society following European models, outlawed beards and instituted a beard tax. Those who paid the tax were required to carry a “beard token”. This was a copper or silver token with a Russian Eagle on one side and on the other, the lower part of a face with nose, mouth, whiskers, and beard. It was inscribed with two phrases: “the beard tax has been taken” and “the beard is a superfluous burden.” 

    This esoteric piece is made to order and features the tax token cast in brass and framed inside a sterling silver frame. The pendant can be worn on both sides. Handcrafted in oxidized sterling silver for a vintage, artisanal look. Pendant comes on an adjustable waxed cotton cord. 

    You can find more of the history here.

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